Lee Kok Liang (1927-1992) is one of the most internationally-renowned Malaysian fiction-writers of the previous generation. First penned over fifty years ago and published posthumously in 2003, his novel London Does Not Belong to Me represents his most ambitious work. Set in London and Paris in the early 1950s, this novel deals with the disillusionment and isolation of a group of expatriates from the far-flung reaches of a crumbling empire. Told from the viewpoint of a Malayan Straits Chinese, the novel’s angst-ridden story is at once personal and universal. At its heart is the search for individual identity through the mundane betrayals and triumphs of culturally alienated individuals.
About the Author
Born in Alor Star, Kedah, Lee Kok Liang was educated in Chinese and English schools before attending the University of Melbourne. He left for England in 1952 to study law at Lincoln’s Inn. After his return to Malaya/Malaysia in 1954, he became a lawyer, politician and social activist. His story Return to Malaya was published in Encounter (1954). His best known work is a collection of short stories, Mutes in the Sun (1974). His oeuvre also includes a novel entitled Flowers in the Sky (1981) and Death is a Ceremony and Other Stories (1992).
Table of Contents
Introduction by K. S. Maniam
London Does Not Belong to Me by Lee Kok Liang
Author, Text, Context by Syd Harrex
-Lee Kok Liang (1927-92)
-The Edited Text
-Facsimiles of the original text
-The London and Paris Journal
-Facsimiles of the journal, titled Sketches & Vignettes & Brushstrokes
Submerging Pasts in London Does Not Belong to Me by Bernard Wilson